The purpose of this paper is to introduce the special issue on Illicit Cannabis Cultivation in a Time of Policy Change.Design/methodology/approachThe paper reviews some of the different adaptations made by cannabis growers in countries where cannabis has not been legalised.FindingsCannabis growers are adjusting to different legal settings by focusing on home production. Participation in cultivation is a crime, but can also be activism: an effort to change the law. Medical use of cannabis is a particularly important driver here. Having to break the law to alleviate symptoms and treat illnesses provides both a greater sense of urgency and a level of sympathy not usually granted to illicit drug users.Practical implicationsGrass-roots advocacy may drive policy change.Originality/valueThis is an original assessment of current state of knowledge on cannabis cultivation in countries where cannabis cultivation remains restricted.
Drugs and Alcohol Today – Emerald Publishing
Published: May 30, 2018
Keywords: Social movements; Cannabis activism; Cannabis cultivation; Cannabis legalisation; Medical cannabis; Patient’s voice